In the grand scheme of injury updates, “no idea” isn’t a particularly favorable one for Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat.
The big man first suffered a left hip contusion on October 28 as the Heat dropped a 106-90 contest to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He sat out periodically over the next month, missing games on October 30, November 22 and November 25 before playing against the Indiana Pacers on November 30. Unfortunately for the South Beach residents, he again exited the lineup at head coach Erik Spoelstra’s behest, logging just 12:28 of court time.
Miami needs Adebayo on the floor to build some positive momentum as it attempts to get back on track during a disappointing early portion of the 2023-24 NBA calendar, but his return date remains a complete unknown.
Bam Adebayo Himself Doesn’t Know When He’ll be Back
Adebayo, throwing up 22.3 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, will miss a second consecutive contest against the Toronto Raptors on December 6. Nothing is certain beyond that.
Asked if he could return two days later at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was noncommittal.
“I have no idea,” Adebayo said, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “This is new to me…to be on the sideline. I get re-evaluated when the team gets back from Toronto. We’ll have a conversation then.”
He did indicate that his hip is improving, but the Heat are limiting his on-court work.
“I haven’t started doing much basketball stuff; no contact. Everything else I’ve been doing, shooting and stuff like that, has been fine,” Adebayo explained. “The best thing for it is rest. That’s what I’ve been trying to do these past couple of days. Very boring. But this is the process.”